Msg to GOP: No more social moderates

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A former Navy chaplain who was forced out of the service for praying in Jesus' name while in uniform believes the GOP will continue to lose until it selects candidates who can win the support of evangelical Christians.

In the wake of the Republican Party's showing in the 2012 election, former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt sees at least a couple of silver linings: the House remained in Republican control, and the GOP expanded its advantage in governorships.

But when it comes to the presidential stakes, Klingenschmitt contends that the Romney defeat proves once again that GOP "establishment" candidates have proven to be disasters.

Klingenschmitt, Gordon (former Navy chaplain)"When Republicans choose social conservatives, they win; and when Republicans choose people like Mitt Romney or John McCain -- who are social moderates who run in the primaries against the church vote -- yeah, they may win the primary, but then they lose the general election because the church does not show up to support them," he expresses.

Still, Klingenschmitt says he is encouraged by the strong crop of GOP governors and other conservatives who appear to be the future of the Republican Party, including Mike Pence -- a former five-term U.S. congressman who on Tuesday won the governor's seat in Indiana. He takes office in January.

"Mike Pence would make a great presidential candidate in four years," he tells OneNewsNow. "Jim DeMint from South Carolina is not running again for the Senate in four years, so he'll have nothing to do but run for president. I think he ought to do that."

But Klingenschmitt, who runs The Pray In Jesus Name Project, says ultimately Christians must remember that the government run by people is not the eternal government.

"Jesus Christ is still King of Kings, he's still Lord of Lords," he shares. "We can have faith in him, and we can stand up against the persecution that is going to continue from the Obama administration."

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